Join the Heinz History Center’s African American Program for a free, online screening of “Brother Outsider” on August 17, as part of the 2022 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series.
The film tells the story of Bayard Rustin, a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the Civil Rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
David Garrow, noted historian and author of numerous books, essays, chapters, and articles about the Civil Rights movement, will discuss the film following the screening. His book, “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,” won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the seventh annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Garrow is also the author of “The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.” and “Protest at Selma” as well as editor of “The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson.” He is co-editor of ‘The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader.” He also served as a senior advisor for “Eyes on the Prize,” the award-winning PBS television history of the American Black freedom struggle and as editorial advisor for the Library of America’s two-volume Reporting Civil Rights (2003). More recently, he was featured in both the six-part 2020 Emmy Award-nominated documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X?” and the 2021 Academy Awards Oscar-shortlisted documentary “MLK/FBI,” which was based on his 1981 book and his 2002 and 2019 update articles.
Registration is free. Please register online. You will be emailed information about how to join the screening and discussion virtually.
For more information, please contact Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs at email@example.com.
The From Slavery to Freedom Film Series is presented by the History Center’s African American Program in partnership with the Frick Environmental Center of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The series is supported by Highmark and Allegheny Health Network.